BIRMINGHAM, AL (February 13, 2017) – Joaquin
Niemann, an 18-year old amateur golfer from Chile,
has been named the January Amateur of the Month
by the Southern Golf Association.
Niemann, who is committed to playing golf for
the University of South Florida Bulls, had a solid start
to the year with two second place finishes at the
South America Amateur Championship in Argentina
at Martindale Country Club and the Latin America
Amateur (T2) in Panama at Panama Golf Club.
He quickly followed with a win at the Granadilla
Open Championship, where Niemann competed in a
field including both amateurs and professional
golfers at the Granadilla Country Club in Chile.
Winners of the SGA’s monthly award are
determined by a blue-ribbon national panel of golf
officials, coaches and journalists. Now in its 14th
season, notable recipients have been Bill Haas,
Michelle Wie, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, J. B.
Holmes, Webb Simpson, Rhys Davies, Kyle Stanley,
Kevin Fortin-Simard, Rickie Fowler, Danny Lee,
Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alice Hewson, and more
recently Lee McCoy amd Aaron Wise.